Sally Rockey posted the latest NIH success rate numbers (& other applicant data) today …
|Overall success rates for research project grants fell compared to 2010.||18%|
|Success rates for new investigators were equal to established investigators submitting new applications.||15%|
|The representation of women NIH investigators remained the same as in 2010.||29%|
|Women’s success rates were equal to men for new applications.||15%|
|Our commitment to supporting the individual investigator remains strong, with R01s and R37s representing a significant percentage of all research grants.||60%|
|The average size of R01-equivalent grants increased slightly compared to 2010.||$408,594|
|The average size of a center grant fell by 6% compared to 2010.||$1,863,037|
|Number of institutional training grant applications continued to decline, from a peak in 2005.||686|
Sally also notes that the success rate (which is not the same thing as a payline or percentile) dropped from 20% to 18% due in part to an 8% increase in the number of applications received (49,592). In addition, fewer applications were funded in FY11 (8,765) than during any of FYs in the decade prior … the same number were funded in FY00 (though that year, the success rate was 32%).
Update: Sally explains the decline in success rate (more applications, less $ appropriated, increasing award size).